The autumnal equinox rolled around last weekend
(12.30 am Saturday to be exact) and with it came the fall collection of
Mother Nature’s summer bounty--more specifically black walnuts, butternuts,
and hickory nuts.
Black walnuts started falling earlier this month,
but it is likely that the best-filled nuts will start falling now. Butternuts
will fall in the next week or so and so will early maturing hickories.
It all adds up to a nutty October of pies, cake, cookies, or just plain
old snacks like we enjoyed when I was a kid.
Butternuts are by far the most difficult to separate
from that pithy, outer shell. But if they are handled the way black walnuts
are handled 9use plastic gloves), it is a fairly easy task. Just give each
nut a sturdy whack with a paddle made of inch-thick wood The hard, inner
(black) nut--both black walnut and butternut--then is placed where it will
be exposed to the elements to dry. They must be protected from squirrels
during the drying process. The juice in the outer husk is filled with a
very dark stain.
Hickory nuts are encased in a less-damp outer
hull of four strips, at times fifths. In most cases it can be removed readily
with a knife. But the hickory nut will check (crack) if left in the sun
In any event, the nut season is upon us--they
aren’t as plentiful this year as last in most cases--but they still are
there and very tasty.
20th annual Fall Boat & RV Show of Renfro Productions, producer of
the late-winter “Sports Show,” is scheduled for Sept. 28 through Oct. 1
in the state Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion, Indianapolis.
Show hours will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday
and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $6 for
adults. Seniors (60 and older) price will be $4 at the door, children under
12 will be admitted free. Seniors can save $1 on adult admission with a
discount coupon available at Marsh Supermarkets and Village Pantry Stores.
Or by clipping the show ad in the local newspaper.
Dear Mr. Scifres:
Although I am not an outdoor fishing/hunting fan
I do read your articles in the Kokomo Tribune. Especially, I like
the mushroon articles for I grew up on a farm and now not able to hunt
them as we did when kids.
We live east of Kokomo close to Greentown.
Friday evening (Sept. 15) as my husband and I were taking a walk down the
street we noticed something at the edge of the woods that looked like a
soccer ball. When we went to investigate it was a puffball with another
close by. I had never seen anything like that but the next day the
Tribune had a picture of a local man who had found one also.
Thanks, Mrs. GM, Mrs. G.G., Greentown.
for those who are thinking of a squirrel hunt in an adjoining state, are
the squirrel season dates for this year:
OHIO--Sept. 1 to Jan.31, statewide form gray,
red, or black., (The red squirrel also is known as the piney in some
states, check that).
ILLINOIS--Aug. 1 to Jan. 20, statewide.
KENTUCKY--Aug. 19 to Nov.10, and Nov. 13 to Feb
28, fox and gray.
WISCONSIN--Sept.16 to an.31, statewide.
MINNESOTA--Small game including fox and gray
squirrels, Sept. 16 to Dec 31.
IOWA--Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, fox and gray squirrel.
forest field day will be held on Sept. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in
Brown Ccounty, just south of Yellowwood State Forest near Nashville, Indiana.
Chuck Ratts, a forester, will join landowner Jerry Long and several other
natural resources professionals to lead a tour of the property. Several
forest topics will be discussed. There will be time for open discussion
Directions: Take S.R. 46 east from Bloomington
or west from Nashville. Turn north onto Yellowwood Road and watch
for signs. When you come to the right turn leading to the Yellowwood
St. Forest office, don’t turn! Continue straight and watch for the
property on your left.
For more information, contact the Hoosier Heartland
R.C. & D. at (317) 290-3250 or Sam Carman, Division of Forestry at